I want to start off by giving a huge thank you to two of our partners. Bank of America generously invested $15,000 to support Project Uplift and our Workforce Development Programs (in addition to $10,000 donated in 2018).
We also want to thank The Ralph S. French Foundation for its continuing support for The Women’s Resource Center in support of Project Uplift. In 2015, this foundation was the first to invest in the program that targets the ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) population.
ALICE is a term coined by the United Way after a research study conducted by Rutgers University in five states, including Florida. ALICE represents those who are working but struggling financially. ALICE lives above the federal poverty line, but below what is known as the ALICE threshold, a level based on the actual cost of necessities. This demographic has great potential to benefit from WRC services to lift themselves above the education, emotional, and career restraints, which limit their earning potential.
Project Uplift is a unique initiative created by WRC that serves as a lifeline targeting those within ALICE. Our clients are paired with a case manager or peer advisor to identify their specific needs. They then work to create goals and develop strategies to meet their goals. These strategies could include WRC’s trademark programs including case management, mental health counseling, financial empowerment, career counseling, legal services, wellness/stress reduction, and mentoring. If none of our programs fit the client’s needs, we will refer them to one of our community partners and ensure they get the care and help they need to achieve their goals.
Thank you, again, to Bank of America and The Ralph S. French Foundation. Your support means the world to us and changes the lives of women and families in our Sarasota-Manatee community every day. We would not be able to provide necessary programming without the support of donors like you!